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Would God Really Send Someone to Hell?

06/10/2012 Comments (63)

If God is all-good and all-loving, how could he send someone to hell?

At first glance, it seems that he would not.

But God is infinitely higher than we are, and our finite minds can only grasp a tiny bit of his infinite mystery.

Therefore, we need to check our intuitions about what God would or would not do against what we know. In particular, we need to check them against what God himself has told us in his word.

In this video, I take on the question of whether God would really send someone to hell, and I show that we must reject the simple answer, "No, God would never do that."

But we also see that the matter isn't as simple as saying that God "sends" people to hell.

Drawing on the teaching of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we reveal the real reason that people "go to hell" -- and the fact that we can avoid this as long as we open ourselves to God's love.

No matter what we've done, no matter how bad our sins, we can -- as long as we live -- always be saved if we turn back to God and embrace his love.

Here's the video!

I'm also preparing a message to the Secret Information Club where I "interview" Bl. John Paul II about hell.

Very few churchmen are willing to speak at any length about the doctrine of hell, but John Paul II was one of them, and drawing from his writings, I compose an "interview" that presents his wisdom on the doctrine of hell, its biblical basis, how we should understand it, and what it means for our lives.

If you'd like to receive the interview, you should sign up for the Secret Information Club by Friday, June 15th, and you'll have the interview in your email inbox on Saturday morning.

You should sign up using this sign up at

(If you have any trouble, just email me at

Incidentally, before he hopped on a plane for Israel this afternoon, the globe-trotting author, blogger and apologist Steve Ray sent me an email (and permission to use it) in which he said:

"Bravo, Jimmy! I look forward to your secret messages as a member of your Secret Information Club.

Actually, I like it that you do a lot of research I wish I had time to do.

Don't tell anyone -- this is a secret -- but I copy each one and save it in my Logos Bible Software program for future reference.

Very valuable, fun, and great content. Keep up the good work."

Steve Ray

Filed under benedict xvi, catechism of the catholic church, hell, john paul ii

About Jimmy Akin

Jimmy Akin
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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."